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Intrepid Urban Farmer: Hate rain, love rain, don’t/do need rain — gardening is a collision of emotions

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had it with water. It just seems to be everywhere.  I turn on a faucet and it comes out. It always does. Sometimes it announces itself even when not summoned. Drip. Drip. Drip. This was in June after just a couple of days. Almost three inches. (Photos provided) But then, on occasion, when I’ve turned on the...

As a result of wild springtime weather, horse owners need to think about future hay supplies now

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Wild weather in the Midwest has left livestock producers on the hunt for hay very early in the year. As a result, horse owners may not have as easy a time finding it when they need it later this year. “With the weather conditions across the Midwest and western U.S., the hay crop may be less than what is normal,” said Bob Coleman, University of Kentucky College...

In case you hadn’t noticed, 2018 was a very wet year — with records set across Kentucky

Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport weather station has reported its fourth-wettest year — and may even reach the No. 3 spot for 2018. 2018 will go down as one of Kentucky’s wettest ever with several cities setting all-time records for precipitation in a year. 
It took until the morning of New Year’s Eve for Louisville to finally break the record of 68.02 inches.   Lexington’s...

Chef John Foster: Rain, rain, rain — puts a wet twist to farm-to-table eating, but we have to adjust

The rains have been coming fast and furious for days now, somewhat against what most August weather is like in Kentucky. Usually, around this time of year, the sprinklers are going non-stop and the farmers are struggling to maintain their thirsty fields through extensive irrigation. Not so this year as most of what I hear is an exasperated plea for some dry weather to harvest in, or at the very least...

Greensource: When it rains, it pours … carrying everything with it into our streams

By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   If you are reading this, you have obviously survived the Fourth of July deluge. As you probably know, we received the same amount of rain in a few days that we usually do in the whole month of July. This, of course, ruined many Independence Day barbecues and rained on our beloved parade and downtown festivities. I say beloved, because to me, they really are.   I...